Friday, October 3, 2014

Update setting everything right. Got a plan in place.

My visit to the V.A. x-ray on elbow nothing broken good news, other shoe drops, the bones are rubbing together Ouch! With repeating falls due to the front wheels on walker bent, not designed for the amount of walking, I've been doing new wheels are on order. Comments from the doctor slow down and give yourself more time to heal. Understand you walked 98 miles last month? Most people with PPMS don’t even do 50 miles in two years! I didn't bother to answer her, Nacho and I have maybe a month at most for walking, before snow mountain climbing starts lasting up to six months! Don’t think she even knows anyone who has M.S.! I’ll need to have Jane wrap my right arm for 5~7 days and slow down my roll until I get my new wheels. After I got home Nacho and I went for a short slow walk, in the rain, I don't want to fall again, with my elbow wrapped it felt much better, Nacho loved it whining softly, as we started out. After three days of only playing in the backyard, felt good to stretch our legs again. It’s only going to get into the low forties today with lots of wind. Tonight we may see our first snow flakes and this weekend a hard frost, will welcome the fall with my last mowing of the grass for this year. Time to wrap the pine trees, put up the Christmas lights (won't turn them on until after Thanksgiving). Put up new heat tape and talk Jane into letting me get a little bigger snow blower.  The season with a white blanket of snow and sticks will come up fast. In a short time will only see my neighbor’s eyes until next year. Not being ready for winter up here, is very costly for once the white blanket of snow is 4 inches thick it more than likely will only get thicker until the sun is strong enough to start melting it sometime around late March or April. If we are very lucky and the snow is thick enough and the ground isn't frozen too deep the snow will melt slowly down raising the groundwater levels we need here. Instead of the melting snow, running into the Mississippi River causing flooding all the way down to the Gulf of Mexico.

Got a call from the V.A. my replacement wheels are in! All I need is to go in next week and away Nacho and I will go. Not looking forward to the snow

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

What I've been doing wrong, working at getting back on track.

The totals for September on map my walk, are in Nacho and I walked 98 miles I've set my goal for October at 100 miles. That was before last Sunday’s shopping trip to Cub, stocked up on Dr. Pepper, Coke and water all on sale and I had a manufacturer’s coupon too, stacked it all on my wheels. Jane went to get bread I was going check out the BOG1 ice cream, my front wheels bent sideways my load of seven 12 packs pop was slipping off, I stopped them from falling using my right arm heard a popping sound, felt something tearing in my elbow got everything righted walked backward found Jane got check out, told her what happened and that I'm done shopping, she laughed knowing how much I like to shop. With my elbow the way it is, I’ve been unable to use my walker for 3 days. However Nacho and I have been playing fetch inside and out, I've been learning how to throw left handed, since I lost the ability to throw using my right hand some time ago, the ball is finally going over five feet most of the time. Been trying to get into see my doctor for a few days, Thursday she works in the same day clinic at the V.A. I'll call first thing so I can be seen by her, Jane will drop me off on her way to work, that way I can also have my wheels checked out and take a cab ride back home. After I find out what’s going on with my right elbow and arm, I hope if nothing else they can modify my walker so Nacho and I can start going for walks again. Soon that white blanket of snow will make going for a walk, more like mountain climbing. Last year mountain climbing season lasted almost 6 months with all the spring rain turning to ice overnight. Winter in Minnesota with or without snow it will be cold at times even colder than the North Pole, I'm still thinking about fitting my walker with ski that latch under the wheels with so few people shoveling their sidewalk’s around here, might make getting around easier for me and spend less time on my butt in the snow. Enjoy the fall as long as you can I know the season of sticks is not far behind.